November 14, 2017

Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Source: NPR The study drew on survey data from half a million U.S. teenagers from 2010 to 2015. martin-dm/Getty Images A study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Psychological Science finds that increased time spent with popular electronic devices — whether a computer, cell phone or tablet — might have contributed to an uptick in […]

November 14, 2017

FDA Warns About Dangers Of ‘Natural’ Opioid Kratom

Source: NPR The herbal supplement kratom is marketed as a treatment for a wide variety of health problems. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Federal health officials Tuesday issued a warning about kratom, a herbal product being promoted as a safe alternative to opioids for pain that is also marketed for treating addiction, anxiety and depression. The Food […]

November 8, 2017

Why Target isn’t removing lead-laden fidget spinners

Source: CBS News If you’re thinking about buying your kids a fidget spinner this holiday season, you may want to think twice. This inexpensive and addictive little toy is already the topic of choking hazard warnings by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And Thursday morning the US Public Interest Research Group revealed that some of […]

November 6, 2017

The problem with Harvey Weinstein’s sex addiction claim

Source: CBS News It’s an all-too-common narrative. A wealthy man in a position of power is accused of sexual behavior that’s at best inappropriate and at worst criminal and announces he’s seeking therapy for treatment. Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly checked himself into rehab for sex addiction, a condition many experts in the medical field […]

November 4, 2017

Sickle Cell Patients Endure Discrimination, Poor Care And Shortened Lives

Source: NPR In her San Francisco home, NeDina Brocks-Capla has made a shrine filled with memories of son Kareem Jones, who died of sickle cell disease in 2013. Jenny Gold/KHN For more than a year, NeDina Brocks-Capla avoided one room in her large, brightly colored San Francisco house — the bathroom on the second floor. […]

November 1, 2017

The opioid crisis: Crucial next steps

Source: Politico The on-the-record discussion, moderated by POLITICO’s executive editor for health care Joanne Kenen and POLITICO health care reporter Sarah Karlin-Smith, identified areas of both agreement and disagreement on next steps. | Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images Health Care A POLITICO working group report. By POLITICO STAFF Share on Facebook Share on Twitter America’s opioid epidemic […]

October 31, 2017

Trump opioid panel ducks question of new money

Source: Politico The commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will recommend the Trump administration increase access to addiction treatment and recovery programs. | AP Photo Share on Facebook Share on Twitter President Donald Trump’s opioid commission will call Wednesday for big boosts in substance abuse treatment programs but stop short of asking for […]

October 30, 2017

The lucrative, but dubious, biz of treating sex addiction

Source: CBS News Here are three things to know about sex addiction. First, a growing body of research suggests compulsive sexual behavior affects between 3 and 6 percent of the U.S. population. Second, celebrities who often blame the condition for sexual improprieties probably don’t have it, therapists say. Third, it doesn’t feature much in the medical literature, […]

October 30, 2017

“Wolves ahead of the pack”: How opioid epidemic compares with past crises

Source: CBS News NEW YORK — While declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump said: “Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now.” He was right, and he was wrong. Yes, this is the most widespread and deadly drug crisis in the nation’s history. But there has been […]

October 28, 2017

Inside Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war: The cycle of violence

Source: CBS News He keeps one hand in a tense fist an inch away from the black canvas bag holding his gun. He talks quickly, delivering direct admissions. Slightly bruised toes hang from his rubber flip-flops. He is a self-identified hitman who claims President Rodrigo Duterte‘s government fuels and demands murder.  “I think we are […]